We apparently went to elementary school together, but I don’t remember him. My mom remembers writing out his 6th grade graduation card during one of the PTA meetings. We had a crush on each other in junior high school, but I (Christina) would never admit that I thought he was cute. We didn’t talk or see each other for 5 years or so and “re-met” in 2011 after we both graduated college. I bumped into him at a bar, asked him how he was since I hadn’t seen him in a while. Expecting him to say “good” and both continue on our way…. he replied with “terrible” and began to spill his emotions to me. He asked me out on a date for the next day and well… the rest is history! hahaha
Our first date we went jet skiing in Old Forge, so far forward 8 years…. he wanted to propose to me on the jet ski. However, because our weather is super unpredictable, it was rainy and cold that day up north so that ruined his plans. We ended up going to dinner, coming back to his camp, changed in to PJs, made a fire, and just hung out. He was sitting next to me and I turned to see what was wrong because I could feel his heart beating fast just sitting next to me. He pulled out the ring from his “camp pants” (he forgot to pack) and that was that! Pups were happy too haha
When I was little my dad took me up to the Otesaga to rock on the rocking chairs and look at the stars on night (I was like…10?). My brother also got married there and it was SUCH an awesome day. Ryan and I both knew that we wanted some what of a “destination” wedding. Some place where it was far enough away where our friends and family would have to stay. Since wedding days go by SO fast, I wanted to make it feel longer by having everyone stay for the rehearsal dinner, entire day of wedding, and then reminisce over brunch the following morning. The Otesaga was the only place we could think of that had a beautiful venue, indoor and outdoor access, could sleep there, and offered brunch the next day. It was a no brainer and absolutely beautiful!
Zola website. It made creating the save the dates, invites, labels, guest list, addresses, etc all SO easy. I used the Knot book and Pinterest for some color/theme ideas. The wedding planning was also super easy because of the venue. They did SO much to help you and gave you options.
To be completely honest (and Gavin knows this) I was SUPER hesitant to do so. I didn’t think I’d ever watch it aside from a handful of times when we first get it and maybeeee once a year on our anniversary. On the other hand I did want to have some video footage to capture the initial emotion of me seeing my father and Ryan. When I woke up Sunday morning after the wedding I was SO SO SO happy we decided to hire Gavin. There was so much that happened throughout the day, especially during the reception that I am thrilled he was able to capture. You miss so much on your wedding day because it’s super emotional, tons going on, people to talk to, tears in your eyes, etc. Some stuff I don’t even remember because there was sooo much going on. So I am thrilled that Gavin was there to capture what I missed and for us to be able to re-live such an AMAZINGLY perfect day. I want to remember those feelings forever and Gavin was able to do that for us.
We made gifts for one another that we exchanged before our first look. I made him a scrapbook of an overview of when we first met to the day of the wedding. He recorded a song that he played on the guitar and sang. We both had a pretty good idea of what we were doing for one another, but didn’t know the extent of both. We also decided to surprise the guests with a dance by our entire bridal party to kick off the party atmosphere!
ENJOY IT. The details in the end don’t matter. If something goes wrong, it’s not a big deal. It’s about you and your significant other, embracing the emotions of the day, and being surrounded by the ones you love. Don’t stress about the small stuff, you won’t remember it in a few years anyway.
ALL! Everything was literally awesome. The band was AMAZING and the dance floor was on fireeeee. I think seeing everyone truly kick back and have fun was awesome. After seeing Ryan during our first look, I felt super calm and was ready to party! Seeing my dad for the first look and our first dance was super emotional for us. Hanging out with our bridal party was also so fun and a great way to start the day. Honestly, I can’t pick a favorite because everything was so amazing.
Same as before, ENJOY IT. Even if it’s chaotic, overwhelming, stressful… embrace it. It happens once in your life (hopefully) and it’s meant to be an awesome awesome awesome time.
Can we do it again!?
Amazon/Etsy and Badgley Mischka (Zappos)